This week’s focus: You may or may not be in favour of next year’s London Olympics (personally, I’m a fan), but we should all admire the fact that the facilities are already built – a full 12 months ahead of the first starting pistol. Most projects I’ve been involved with typically involve a last-minute rush to bring the product to market, open the store on time or simply complete the business case. Establishing an ‘early’ completion date and, more importantly, committing to it, ensures pace is built into the project from the start, momentum is maintained and, in most cases, costs are contained.

Which of your projects would benefit from setting more ambitious deadlines and demanding greater pace in delivery?

Off the record: London Calling by The Clash

London calling, yes, I was there too

And you know what they said? Well, some of it was true!

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